The Most Famous Knockouts

The biggest boxing match in history is only two weeks away as the time nears Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor stepping into the ring together.

It is widely-expected to smash pay-per-view records in what many believe will be Mayweather’s last fight.

The American, arguably the greatest boxer ever, currently has a record of 49-0 and another hefty paycheck waiting for him at the end of the fight.  Now 40 years old and with no competition left to fight, it is unlikely he will fight again, unless it ends up in a draw.

His opponent, Conor McGregor, is making his boxing debut, having previously been a Mixed Martial Arts fight and current UFC Lightweight champion.

The fighting Irishman has knocked out many a cage fighter in his time but could be mismatched inside a boxing ring where he can only use his gloves.

With Mayweather essentially fighting a novice boxer and McGregor being an MMA fighter who likes to put fighters away early, we could be headed for a spectacular knockout victory in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday 26 August.

Odds on the Mayweather v McGregor fight are 9/4 that the fight ends with a knockout.

Let’s have a look at some memorable knockouts in recent times:

Canelo Álvarez vs Amir Khan

In what was a hyped up match, also at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo Álvarez and Amir Khan had been fairly even in the first five rounds of the fight.  The Mexican began taking control in the sixth before detonating a bomb of an overhand right that knocked Khan out before he even hit the mat.

Conor McGregor vs José Aldo

Conor McGregor made a name for himself all over the world with a mixture of his UFC knockouts and his personality.  If he wasn’t already well-know before 12 December 2015 he certainly was afterwards.  José Aldo had been undefeated in cage fights for a decade and was 7-0 in the UFC alone.  Victories included Mark Hominick, Chad Mendes (twice) and Ricardo Lamas prior to getting into the ring with McGregor.  You barely had time to blink as the Notorious Irishman knocked Aldo out with a left hand in 13 seconds.

Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Mike Tyson vs Michael Spinks fight in June 1988.  Both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion.  Tyson was 34-0 and 30 knockouts and Spinks 31-0 with 20 KOs.  A knockout was on the cards and Mike Tyson delivered it after only 91 seconds – becoming the only boxer to send Spinks to the mat and the only one whoever beat him.

The below infographic from Betfair looks at just how hard some of this boxers can hit: